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School Principal Under Investigation Resigns

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GARNER — Gregory Norris has been the principal at NorthGarner Middle School for five years. Last Tuesday, he was suspended.Wednesday, he resigned his post.

School administrators say they are conducting an investigation that wasbrought on by an allegation that Norris was misusing school funds.Administrators say the misuse allegedly occurred when reimbursement was requested for a training session that apparently was not attended.

The investigation is ongoing and administrators would not revealcomplete details, but Wake School Superintendent, James Surratt, says themoney in question amounted to less than $1,000.

Surratt confirmed that a female teacher resigned the same day Norrisdid, but said there was no connection to the investigation.

Meanwhile, other possibly damaging information about Norris hassurfaced. Surratt also confirmed that Norris has at least one, and perhapsthree convictions for driving while impaired.

Students, teachers and parents are surprised, but school counselorAnita Barnes says they are taking it in stride.

Surratt says it is too early to know whether criminal charges will befiled against Norris. He would not speculate on whether others might beinvolved in the alleged misuse of money, but he did not discount thepossibility.

Administrators are now looking for a new principal for North GarnerMiddle School.

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